A Community Affair

Scouting is a community affair. Scout Groups are formed and maintained by the community because parents believe in the benefits and teachings that Scouting has to offer and want to make it available to their children. And rightly so!

Throughout all sections of the movement, the Aim is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people so that they make take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens.

We achieve this through:

  • Voluntary membership of a uniformed group, which, guided by adults, is increasingly self-governing in its successive age groups.
  • Commitment to a code of living expressed in the Promise and Law.
  • The provision of a wide range of attractive, constructive and challenging activities, including opportunities for adventure and exploration both indoors and outdoors.
  • The provision of opportunities for leadership and responsibility.
  • Learning by doing.
  • Encouragement of activity in small groups.
  • An award scheme, which encourages participation in the full range of activities and provides recognition of individual achievements.

It is a formula that has survived over 100 years! The principles of Scouting are proven to be just as relevant today as they were when Scouting began in 1907.

Parent Involvement

The most important aspect of parent involvement is the encouragement you give to your child. The boys and girls who get the most out of Scouting are those who put the most into it. All children have times when they need a gentle push, and certainly times when they need some help. This is where you come in.

If your child wants to do some test-passing or earn a badge, please go through the requirements and check that he or she has the knowledge needed and that all aspects of the test are covered. If your child hasn’t done anything for a while, you may need to offer some extra encouragement to get started. The pride on their faces when they come to the front of the parade to receive their badges makes the effort well worthwhile.

Scouting is a voluntary organization, and we do rely heavily on parent support.

The support given will depend on the individual circumstances of each family. Areas in which regular help is needed are:

1.Transport

Occasionally transporting the children to various activities included in our programme.

2.Cleaning & Maintenance of the Hall

It is important that the place in which our children gather be maintained in a clean hygienic fashion.

3.Assisting on Meeting Nights

This particularly applies to the Joey and Cub sections. There are occasions when the Cub Leaders can do with an extra pair of hands, eyes and ears. If we call for a little extra help, it is good to know that there are parents willing to assist.

In the Joey section parents play a vital role in maintaining an effective adult/child ratio. It is usual that two parents are on a roster to assist with each meeting.

4.Joining the Parent Support Group

This is not a very onerous task – it really only involves a quarterly meeting and helping to manage and maintain the resources of our Group as well as the occasional social activity. It is expected that every family will be represented on the committee for at least one term (normally two years) during their child’s Joey-Cub-Scout career. Don’t leave it until your child is almost ready to leave!

5.Becoming a Uniformed Leader

Leadership is not for everyone, but if it interests you, please speak to any one of the leaders. They will tell you that they get just as much fun out of it as the kids, and a very real sense of achievement and of doing something worthwhile for the community. Experience is not required. Remember, there is no such thing as a professional Scout Leader. Most Leaders used to be just a Mum or Dad like you, but the Scout Association provides an “accredited” training program that turns laymen into leaders – and without volunteer leaders we wouldn’t have a Scout Group for your child to join!

Last updated: over 5 years ago